November 21, 2014 1:47:39 pm
Police have registered a case against prominent Muslim Sunni scholar Perode Abdurahiman Saqafi on charges of making insulting remarks against a four-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped in her school in Kozhikode.
A prominent orator, Saqafi is the general secretary of the trust, which runs Darul Huda English Medium School, at Parakkadavu in Kozhikode, where the victim studied. Last week, police had arrested two youths, who were inmates of an orphanage-cum-religious centre, in connection with the alleged molestation.
Subsequently, while addressing a meeting of the school authorities and well wishers, Saqafi raised questions about the rape theory, which, according to the victim’s family, were insulting in nature. The police registered the case after the girl’s parents moved a complaint.
Saqafi in his speech, which was circulated widely, was heard saying, “we don’t have any information about what happened to the girl in between the day of the alleged rape and in the following nine days after which the family complained about the incident. We don’t know the places where she had gone in these nine days….’’
Saqafi said mother’s version was very interesting. “When mother saw her daughter slapping her private parts with a balloon, she asked what you were doing and what was wrong there. Then, she revealed to the mother about the rape incident. My doubt is that from where the girl got the inspiration to play with balloon even after all these acts (means rape)…
“On the day the girl was allegedly raped in a school bathroom, she had sat through the entire class hours and returned home by school bus. We have not got any evidence to suggest that she had encountered any problem at the school. When she went from the school, she was safe.’’
“Her father says daughter was raped and her genitals sustained injury. If she was injured, will she sit in the class,’’
“The girl first said she was raped in a bathroom at the end of the school building. If she was raped, I cannot believe that she would sit through the day’s class. If such a small girl was subjected to rape, she would have fainted, even died, or she would have been soaked in blood. At least she would have cried. She would have rushed to the class crying. If her face was smothered during the act, would she move around at the school in perfect health. Why the girl did not inform her teacher, a local woman….’’
When she was taken to a local doctor, she was given medicine for urinary infection. When she was not cured, another doctor, who was consulted, ruled out urinary infection. It was several days after that the mother came up with the complaint..
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